A 37-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a grandmother who was found with serious injuries in her flat in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.
Ann Coll was pronounced dead at the scene
Ann Coll, 61, was discovered with severe wounds at a property on Newfield Place around 12.45am on Friday, December 22, 2023. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Police Scotland launched a murder investigation after a post-mortem examination revealed that Ann Coll had died as a result of her injuries.
The police said that they were following a positive line of inquiry and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
A woman is due to appear in court on Monday
On Saturday, February 3, 2024, police confirmed that a 37-year-old woman had been arrested and charged in connection with the death of Ann Coll.
The woman is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday, February 5, 2024.
A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Ann Coll was described as a ‘loving’ grandmother
Ann Coll was a mother of three and a grandmother of six. She was well-known and well-liked in her community.
Her family paid tribute to her in a statement released by the police. They said: “Ann was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. She was always there for anyone who needed her and was a very caring person.”
They also thanked the police and the public for their support and asked for privacy to grieve.
The local community was shocked by the incident
The death of Ann Coll shocked and saddened the local community of Rutherglen, a town in the south-east of Glasgow.
Many residents expressed their condolences and sympathy to the family of Ann Coll on social media.
Some also expressed their concern and fear about the safety of the area, especially for elderly and vulnerable people.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s terrible what happened to Ann. She was a lovely lady, always friendly and cheerful. She didn’t deserve this. I hope they catch whoever did this and bring them to justice.”
Another neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “I’m scared to live here now. You never know what might happen. There are a lot of drug problems and violence in this area. It’s not safe for anyone, especially for older people who live alone.”
Police urged anyone with information to contact them
Detective Inspector Alan McAlpine, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and senseless attack on a vulnerable woman in her own home. We are determined to find out who is responsible and bring them to justice.”
He added: “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of Newfield Place between Thursday night and Friday morning to contact us as soon as possible. Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be vital to our inquiry.”
Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0098 of 22 December 2023, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.